Crew: 9 Steven Soderbergh idirector).
Prediction: 7 The arty llllll-W|ihlli-a-llllli premise (Brad Pitt plays himself) might alienate those waiting for Ocean's Fwelve. but Steve's the wonderkid to pull it off.
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Cast: 7 Johnny Depp. Geoffrey Rush. Crew: 6 (acre Verbinski (director).
Kudos: 6 Depp swashing his handsome buckle with Rush's evil pirate captain — one. as they say, for the ladies.
Prediction: 5 Poseiny the first film based on a Disney theme park ride. Used to be the film came first.
Fun fact: 4 Shortly after ﬁlming began. a fire turned the soundstage to ash. Cost: $350,000.
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Cast: 6 Eric Bana. Jennifer Connelly, Nick Nolte.
Crew: 9 Aug; Lee diicctc' Janus SClliill‘ulltS (SCYCCli'.‘.Tll(2l:.
Kudos: 9 From the superb The Ice Storm to the terrific Crouching Tiger. Hidden Dragon, Lee and Schamus effortlessly turn their prodigious talents to any film genre.
Prediction: 8 It's been called art independent him With a blockbuster budget. Translation: intelligent film ‘.‘.’llll spectacular sfx.
Fun fact: 4 Lou Ferrigno. the jolly green giant from
the crap Hulk TV series. makes a cameo as 'head of security“.
Cast: 6 John "Travolta. Samuel l- Jackson. Crew: 6 John McTiernan Idirectori.
Kudos: 6 McTiernan made his name as the action movie director of choice with the terrific Predator and Die Hard. but then rumed his rep With the awful Rollerball remake.
Prediction: 6 Travolta hasn't made a good film Since Quentin Tarantino revwed his career With Pulp Fiction. Doofus.
Fun fact: 7 First pairing of Travolta and Jackson since their great two-hander in Tarantino‘s movie.
Cast: 7 Cameron Diaz. Drew Barrymore. Lucy Liu.
Crew: 4 MCG (director — gedda real name whydon'tcha’h.
Kudos: 7 The first film swindled high brow critics into thinking it was self-consciously stoopid rather than just plain stoopid. That's funny. And the babes' booty looked tasty. too.
Prediction: 7 Demi Moore plays an an ex-Angel and Crispin Glover returns as the creepy Thin Man. but there's no sexy Sam Rockwell and no comic genius Bill Murray to play Bosley.
Fun fact: 10 Murray swore he'd never work with Liu again. They shoulda sacked her.
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Cast: 9 Uma Thurman, David Carradine (Kwai Chang Caine from TV's Kung Fu!). Lucy Liu.
Crew: 10 Oucritin larai‘tino,
Kudos: 10 Reservoir Dogs. Pulp Fiction. Jackie Brown — Tarantino's film's get better and better. Crouching Tiger. Hidden Mufhalucka!
Prediction: 10 lai‘antiiio takes hit; much lf),'(:(l kunr; lu genre to the next level.
Fun fact: 8 There's a cameo by chop-socky star Sonny Chiba. who appears in a film-within-a-film in the Tarantino-scripted True Romance.
Cast: 6 Sean Conner-,4 Stuart Townsend.
Crew: 5 Stephen Nornngton ldirector,
Kudos: 6 Norrington has another comic book adaptation. Blade. under his belt. but his background is in sfx lsuch as Aliens creature- effectsl.
Prediction: 7 Alan Moore's translation of Victorian literary characters i’for example. H Rider Haggard's Alain OUZirlerll‘all‘i — Connery's character, into a superhero team is pure satirical genius. But Moore's not involved in the filth.
Fun fact: 5 Or not so fun: COnnery and Norrington
allegedly almost came to blows while filming in Prague. Bad omens?